I have to admit that I am REALLY looking forward to experiencing (over and over again), Toy Story Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios later this year. Above and beyond the attraction itself, I am anticipating being able to see and interact with Mr. Potato Head, who will be greeting (and likely razzing) Guests as they enter the queue.
Here, Eric Swapp, Principal Show Programmer for Walt Disney Imagineering, is “watched” by Mr. Potato Head as he makes adjustments to the figure at Disney’s Hollywood
And here is is (at Disney’s California Adventure), singing the soon-to-be-resonating in your head Toy Story Mania Theme song:
The five-foot-tall figure of the famous Hasbro toy, which features the voice of Don Rickles, portrays a “carnival barker” in front of the interactive ride-through attraction that combines elements of a video game, “4-D” technology and interaction with stars from the Disney-Pixar film “Toy Story.” It is scheduled to open in summer 2008 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. The attraction is opening as part of Disney’s “Year of a Million Dreams” celebration.
(Kent Phillips, photographer)